Friday, February 08, 2008

Firefox 3 Beta 2

I recently downloaded the second beta of Firefox 3 from Portable Apps. I didn't want to replace the version of Firefox I already had installed, so I used the version from Portable Apps which runs as a standalone binary. Sometimes it's really nice to unpack a program without touching the registry or worrying about installing.

Overall, I'm very happy with the changes I've seen in the latest version. I had heard that there have been some improvements to the JavaScript engine in this version, and they are noticeable. When I logged in to gmail it seemed a bit more responsive. I have to say though that my favorite changes are in the address bar. When typing the address, the address bar shows addresses, titles, and logos for pages that you've already visited. Firefox 2 did this too, but I think 3 gives more detail and a larger number of results. I found myself using it much more often than in 2. Part of the reason is that it shows the most recently visited page at the top instead of the shortest match. I also liked that you could star a URL to add it to your bookmarks, and you can even select a folder and tag the URL from within the address bar.

3 comments:

Andy said...

Yeah, I've played around with the Firefox 3 betas awhile ago, and the new address bar was a huge improvement. I know they've been working on it a long time, so it's good to see that their hard work has come to fruition.

The improvements to the Page Info dialog are nice, too.

Jeffrey Scudder said...

Ah yes I see what you mean. I hadn't looked at the page info yet. Just yesterday I noticed that the SSL certificate dialogs have changed too. I've been running scorpion server with a self signed certificate. The domain on the certificate doesn't match because I am running the server locally. Usually I just click through the warnings about the certificate mismatch in Firefox 2 but the process is a bit more involved in Firefox 3. This is almost certainly a good thing :)

Ben said...

Interesting ... I will have to check it out tonight.